- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Hearing date sought in Clinton disbarment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A prosecutor for a court committee that wants to revoke President Clinton's law license is seeking a December hearing date.
Marie-Bernarde Miller of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct said yesterday she made the request in a recent letter to Circuit Judge Leon Johnson and in earlier court documents.
The judge has not set a hearing date or commented on the case.
The committee says Mr. Clinton gave misleading testimony under oath about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky during the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and that the misstatements make him not fit to be an Arkansas lawyer.

Worker shot to death at elementary school

BIDWELL, Ohio A man shot his estranged wife to death yesterday in the parking lot of the elementary school where she worked and then went home and killed himself, authorities said.
Classes were canceled after the shooting at Bidwell Porter Elementary School. It happened more than an hour before the school's 400 students began arriving for class.
Linda Shoemaker, 52, a cook at the school, was shot several times by her husband, Frank, at about 6:30 a.m. while she was still in her car, Gallia County Coroner Dr. Daniel Whiteley said. A co-worker summoned authorities.
Frank Shoemaker's body was found about 30 minutes later in a lawn chair in his front yard about eight miles from the school. He was 66. The couple was in the midst of a divorce.

Army general assumes key NATO command

A U.S. Army general took command yesterday as both NATO's supreme allied commander-Atlantic (Saclant) and as head of the U.S. command responsible for reshaping the way the United States fights wars.
Gen. William Kernan is the first Army officer to serve as leader of Saclant, one of two NATO strategic commands. The command has usually gone to an admiral because its Cold War mission was to check the Soviet navy in the Atlantic and ensure the flow of U.S. forces to Europe.
At a ceremony aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Norfolk, Gen. Kernan and his predecessor, Adm. Hal Gehman, stressed that their focus now is on transforming U.S. and allied forces for new types of conflicts.
Both said a high priority was to maintain the interoperability of allied forces, which has slipped as European militaries have lagged technologically behind America's.

Pipeline blast's sole survivor dies

CARLSBAD, N.M. The only survivor of a pipeline explosion that killed 11 members of her extended family died yesterday.
Amanda Smith, 25, lost her husband and two children in the fiery blast that engulfed the family's campsite near Carlsbad on Aug. 19. She never regained consciousness and died at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital.
The victims were camping by the Pecos River in New Mexico when the pipeline erupted in a fireball and generated heat so intense it melted sleeping bags and tents. It left a crater 86 feet long and 20 feet deep.

Effects of divorce can last for decades

SAN FRANCISCO The traumatic effect of divorce hits many children decades after their parents separate, hobbling them as they seek to form close family relationships of their own, according to a study released yesterday.
"Our findings challenge the myth that divorce is a transient crisis," said Judith Wallerstein, a senior lecturer emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley and author of the study.
Her findings are in the book "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: a 25 Year Landmark Study" published by Hyperion of New York and co-authored by Julia Lewis, a psychology professor at San Francisco State University, and Sandra Blakeslee, a science writer for the New York Times.
The children of divorce experienced lives fraught with pitfalls ranging from crippling fears of loss and disaster to greater use of drugs and alcohol during youth. They also had fewer marriages, fewer children, and more divorces than the children from intact families, the study showed.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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